Conservation status marine mammal species in NAMMCO

Faroes

Cetaceans

Hunting allowed: 

  • Long-finned pilot whale
  • White-sided dolphin,
  • White-beaked dolphin
  • Bottlenose dolphin
  • Harbour porpoise

Protected: All other cetacean species and all cetacean species around fish farms

Seals

Hunting allowed: None

Protected: Grey seals (the only resident species is de facto protected by a combination of regulations)

References: 

Parliamentary Act No 56 of 19 May 2015 on Pilot Whales and Other Small Whales, most recently amended by Parliamentary Act No. 91 of 7 June 2020 http://www.logir.fo/Logtingslog/56-fra-19-05-2015-um-grind-og-annan-smahval

Executive Order No 9 of 26 January 2017 on hunting Pilot Whales and other Small Whales https://www.whaling.fo/media/1053/grindakunnger%C3%B0in-2017-en.pdf 

Executive Order No 65 of 14 May 2020 on prohibition to kill any marine mammal around fish farms https://logir.fo/Logtingslog/65-fra-14-05-2020-um-broyting-i-logtingslog-um-aling-av-fiski-vm 

Greenland

Cetaceans

Hunting allowed: 

  • West: Bowhead whale (quota)
  • West: Fin whale (quota)
  • West: Humpback whale (quota)
  • Both West and East: Minke whale (quota)
  • Both West and East: Narwhal (quota)
  • West: Beluga (quota)
  • Killer whale
  • Pilot whale
  • Bottlenose whale
  • White-sided dolphin
  • White-beaked dolphin
  • Harbour porpoise

Protected: All other species and/or areas

Seals

Hunting allowed:

  • Both West and East: Walrus (quota)
  • Hooded seal
  • Harp seal
  • Ringed seal
  • Bearded seal

Protected: Grey seal, Harbour seal

For others seal species:

  • lactating females and pup pairs
  • pups with lanugo hair (‘white-coats’) – so in practice for harp, ringed, and bearded seals that are species with laguno hair

References: 

Executive Order No 16 of 12 November 2010 on protection and hunting of seals http://lovgivning.gl/lov?rid={E0380274-B10B-4D74-A3C1-CFBFD9C62C00}

Executive Order No 20 of 27 October 2006 on walrus http://lovgivning.gl/lov?rid={37A7FCF4-46A0-4B47-B42C-B8385F315D65}

Executive Order No 3 of 27 January 2017 on beluga and narwhal http://lovgivning.gl/lov?rid={A8582C7D-2F47-4B71-B0C1-BAFF5CBDACD1}

Executive Order No 9 of 6 December 2018 on large whales http://lovgivning.gl/lov?rid={D09EBA1A-6A0E-4745-980A-43E001D5194A}

Iceland

Cetaceans

Hunting allowed:

  • Fin whale (quota)
  • Minke whale(quota)

Protected: All other species

Seals

Hunting allowedPermission can be requested for personal use for (the only two resident species):

  • Grey seal
  • Harbour seal

Protected: All – but see under allowed

References: 

Regulation of whaling No 163 of 30 May 1973 with amendments https://www.reglugerd.is/reglugerdir/allar/nr/163-1973

Regulation No 1100 of 11 December 2019 – general seal ban https://www.reglugerd.is/reglugerdir/eftir-raduneytum/atvinnuvega–og-nyskopunarraduneyti/nr/1100-2019

Norway excl. Svalbard

Cetaceans

Hunting allowed: Minke whale (quota)

Protected: All other cetaceans species

Seals

Hunting allowed:

Pack ice hunt

  • Harp seal (quota)
  • Hooded seal (quota – since 2007 quota=0)

Coastal seals

  • Grey seal (quota)
  • Harbour seal (quota)

Permission can be granted during special time periods:

  • Ringed seal
  • Harp seal

Protected: Other seal species. All seals around fish farms

References:

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and the Directorate of Fisheries issue annual regulations relating to quotas, hunting period and areas for the hunting of minke whales, seals in the West Ice and East Ice, and coastal seals. For information on laws and regulation governing marine mammal hunts look here

Svalbard

Cetaceans

Hunting allowed: Minke whale (quota)

Protected: All other species

Seals

Hunting allowed:

Only permitted outside breeding season in the following periods:

  • Bearded seal: 01/02-27/04 + 05/06-30/11
  • Ringed seal 01/02-20/03 + 20/05 – 30/11

Protected: Walrus

All seals other than bearded and ringed seals are fully protected. During breeding season bearded and ringed seals are also protected.

References:

“Forskrift om høsting på Svalbard” https://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2002-06-24-712#KAPITTEL_2

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